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Critical Issues: Women's Participation

While Asian women are increasingly visible in leadership positions, political participation rates of men and women continue to be vastly unequal. In many countries, women are routinely discouraged from entering public office. At the same time, women entrepreneurs, who make up a significant portion of Asia's small- and medium-sized businesses, face systemic barriers to success such as lack of access to credit. Meanwhile, more girls are attending primary school, but that number drops dramatically in many countries once they reach secondary and university level. This slideshow looks at these issues in the context of new findings from The World Economic Forum’s latest “Global Gender Gap Report,” which ranks gender equality in 136 countries in the areas of economic participation, education, political empowerment, and health and survival.


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